The Impact Of Sanctions On South Africa

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The Impact Of Sanctions On South Africa

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Investor Responsibility Research Center, 1990
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There is much in this authoritative study that should interest future historians and policy analysts charting the multiple forces of change in South Africa in the pre-de Klerk period. Focusing their research on both economic effects and attitudinal responses among whites, the authors emphasize several conclusions: that the anticipation of sanctions over two decades pushed Pretoria into an expensive semi-autarkic development strategy that seriously retarded economic growth; that except in respect to capital, oil and computer technology, South Africa is less vulnerable to sanctions now than it was in earlier decades; and that white attitudes regarding sanctions in 1989 reflected a predictable ambivalence toward foreign pressures. To create stronger incentives for change, the authors recommend a U.S. sanctions strategy that offers incremental rewards for specific reforms carried out.

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